McDonald's All-American Game Roster 2017: Highlighting Top Prospects

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2017

Hillcrest Prep's DeAndre Ayton #0 in action against Westtown School during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Saturday, January 14,, 2017, in Springfield, MA.. Westtown School won. (AP Photot/Gregory Payan)
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As some former prep stars see their collegiate season on the precipice of wrapping up in next week's Final Four, the next group of greats are preparing for their biggest pre-college moment.

The 2017 McDonald's All-American Game tips off Wednesday night in Chicago, featuring a host of players who will likely go from one-and-done to the NBA within the next 15 months. This will mark the first major national appearance for Michael Porter Jr., perhaps the nation's best recruit, since he backed out of his Washington commitment to attend Missouri.

Nervous energy will also surround the group of players who remain undecided coming into the game. Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox II, Trevon Duval, Brian Bowen II, Brandon McCoy and M.J. Walker are each still undecided, though some of their recruiting situations are clearer than others.

In some cases, things are pretty much seen as preordained. In others, there are a few schools that seem to believe they have a real shot as signing day approaches.

Here's a look at the rosters for both teams and a look at the top overall players in the contest.

2017 McDonald's All-American Game Roster
EastCollegeWestCollege
C Mohamed BambaundecidedC DeAndre AytonArizona
F Wendell Carter Jr.DukeF Brian Bowen IIundecided
G Trevon DuvalundecidedF Troy Brown Jr.Oregon
G Quade GreenKentuckyG Jaylen HandsUCLA
F Kevin Knox IIundecidedF Jaren Jackson Jr.Michigan State
C Nick RichardsKentuckyC Brandon McCoyundecided
C Mitchell RobinsonWestern KentuckyF Charles O'Bannon Jr.USC
G Collin SextonAlabamaF Michael Porter Jr.Missouri
G Lonnie Walker IVMiamiF Billy PrestonKansas
F P.J. Washington Jr.KentuckyG Gary Trent Jr.Duke
F Kris WilkesUCLAG M.J. Walkerundecided
F Jarred VanderbiltKentuckyG Trae YoungOklahoma
Commitments via Scout.com

 

Top Players

West C DeAndre Ayton (Arizona)

Given the national hoopla surrounding Porter, Wendell Carter Jr. and others, it almost feels like DeAndre Ayton—Scout's No. 1 overall recruit—is going a bit under the radar. That should all change from the moment he steps onto the national stage.

Ayton is a physical freak, a fluid 7-foot athlete with a 7'6" wingspan and the ability to stretch the floor for a mid-range jumper. It's blasphemous to say this about an 18-year-old kid, but you see flashes of Kevin Garnett when Ayton's on the floor. There just aren't many players in recent memory to have his combination of fluidity, size and defensive prowess; even Joel Embiid had the body of a natural center.

Ayton's main weakness is a lack of strength, owing to the beanpole frame that's helped generate the Garnett comparisons. But this kid's potential should be on full display Wednesday night.

 

West F Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri)

SEC basketball experienced a pretty seismic shift over the last couple of weeks, first with head coach Cuonzo Martin leaving Cal for Missouri and then Porter following him from Washington. The Pac-12 went from having a building program at Cal and perhaps the best perimeter prospect in this class to having neither.

Porter, whose father Michael Sr. will be an assistant under Martin, is without question the most skilled prep player in the nation. He has a NBA-ready shot as a high school senior, can put the ball on the floor and is a proven winner. Seattle's Nathan Hale High School, under Porter and head coach Brandon Roy (yes, the former NBA player), went undefeated this season.

Porter has excelled in nearly every national spotlight he's been given. His 37-point performance in January's Hoophall Classic is perhaps the biggest shot at Ayton's crown as the No. 1 player that I've seen all year.

 

East C Mohamed Bamba (undecided)

The biggest threat to Ayton on the opposing team is Bamba, the nation's top undecided recruit. The Harlem, New York, native is, like Ayton, a freakish physical specimen. His wingspan has been listed at 7'8" on a 6'11" frame, and he's another smooth athlete who revels in affecting shots near the rim and stretching a bit outside.

Ayton is the more skilled of the pair, and that's why he's atop most national rankings.

 

Recruiting information and rankings courtesy of Scout.com.